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Permaculture Design Certificate Course - Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Ireland

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With Tutors Hannah Mole, Graham Strouts, Albert Bates and more

August 2012 | Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Co Tipperary  

Join us for this unique opportunity, offered every year in August, to learn invaluable design and practical skills embedded in an active ecovillage and vibrant community.


Organised by Cultivate in association with Cloughjordan Community Farm and Village Education Research and Training (VERT) at The Cloughjordan Ecovillage. | See photos of previous courses here.

Tutors include two of Ireland's foremost Permaculturalists: Graham Strouts and Hannah Mole. Remote design advice will be provided by Albert Bates from The Farm. Agricultural, green and natural building, nutritional and other permaculture knowledge will be shared by a host of experts resident in the ecovillage, including Ben Whelan, Kevin Dudley, Bruce Darrell, Davie Philip and Eileen Flanagan. Ciarán Mulloy from FEASTA will be joining us to cover economic and money issues.

Permaculture is a practical method of developing ecologically harmonious, efficient and productive systems that can be used by anyone, anywhere. This is a fully-accredited (by U.K. Permaculture Association) seventy-two hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course.

Why do the course?  The permaculture design course has become one of the benchmark accredited courses in sustainability and, as such, is an essential part of the toolkit of real and practical ways to face the difficult challenges of our times. Whether your area is community or business development, horticulture or engineering the principles of permaculture are equally relevant and will bring new direction to your work.

No prior knowledge is necessary to take the course, although, as permaculture is such a wide ranging discipline, it is recommended that participants do some basic research.

permacultureCourse Highlights: The permaculture course in Cloughjordan aims to be as fully comprehensive and up to date as possible. Through a balanced mix of theory and practice participants will learn how to apply the principles of permaculture to many aspects of their own life and that of their community. The Cloughjordan course includes focused sessions on natural building, local economics, forest gardening, renewable energy, ponds and aquaculture, ecovillage and bioregional design along with new areas such as whole systems thinking, local permafacture, and open source distributed production.

Accreditation: Graduates of the course will be fully accredited by the UK Permaculture Association with a Permaculture Design Certificate.

VenueThe Ecovillage is a unique and innovative project that is striving to create a fresh blueprint for modern sustainable living.  Created on beautiful land in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary, the ecovillage will include 130 homes, renewable energy for heating, land for growing food and trees, an enterprise centre and community buildings. 

ecovillageAccommodation: There are a range of good value options to choose from including €2/day camping, inexpensive hostel rooms at Django's - Cloughjordan's EcoHostel and finer digs at Cloughjordan House B&B.

Materials:  Participants should bring their own stationery.  We will supply course notes and all equipment needed for practical work. All students will receive a copy of Cultivate's 'Powerdown Show' DVD to take home.

FoodA simple breakfast and (a gorgeous vegetarian) lunch will be served every day and is included. Dinners will be self-organised in groups or shared with other villagers or .....    anything is possible.

Transport: The website will help you get there.  Situated 143km from Dublin (Cork 156km, Limerick 57km) Cloughjordan is easily accessible from all parts of Ireland by train, bus or car. Cloughjordan has its own train station and is just off the M7 motorway where Bus Eireann and J.J. Kavanagh's buses serve the nearby town of Moneygall where we can collect you from. For those coming via Dublin Airport, there are 14 buses direct from the airport to Moneygall on the Friday. Search from Dublin Airport to Moneygall on for details.  

Permaculture is about creating sustainable human habitats by following nature's patterns. It uses the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems to provide a framework and guidance for people to develop their own sustainable solutions to the problems facing their world, on a local, national or global scale. It is based on the philosophy of co-operation with nature and caring for the earth and its people. Permaculture is not a set of rules; it is a process of design based around principles found in the natural world, of co-operation and mutually beneficial relationships, and translating these principles into actions.

“As a permaculture novice I had little idea of what to expect at Cultivate's Permaculture Course in Cloughjordan. I was thoroughly engaged from the outset as the course carefully blended theory and practice to give me a rich overview of the principles of permaculture design.”
     - Niamh Brannigan, Communications Manager, Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative 

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